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Attribute Authority, Command Line Interface

The Shibboleth Attribute Authority is the system that collects attributes, processes them, and then filters the information according to filter policies, SAML metadata information, and attribute query information. The attributes then encoded into SAML attribute statements which may be sent to a relying party. This command line interface allows deployers to exercise their configurations and view the information that would likely be sent back to the relying party. As it is not possible to specify every piece of information that goes into the attribute authority in a running system the results are only an approximation of what would really be returned.

Running the Command

The Attribute Authority, Command Line Interface (aacli) is located in the IDP_HOME/bin directory and is called on Unix systems and aacli.bat on Windows systems and may take the following information:


Required / Optional




Directory containing the configuration information for the system



Principal name (user id) of the person to retrieve the attributes about



The SAML entity ID that is requesting the attributes



The SAML entity ID of the producer/issuer of the attributes



The authentication method URI that the principal was authenticated with



A no-value argument that indicates the resulting attributes should be SAML 1 formated instead of SAML 2



Displays the help message for the tool

Information will be returned in SAML 2 AttributeStatement format (or SAML 1 AttributeStatement format if the --saml1 parameter is given).

Example Commands
> ./ --configDir=etc/ --principal=jsmith


> bin\aacli.bat --configDir=etc/ --principal=jsmith --requester= --saml1
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